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Monday, September 26, 2016

The Perfect Nikon Camera

This article was conceived not during a stormy night, like Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, but during an online chat with an AmateurNikon reader, who asked me what would the perfect Nikon camera look like, in my opinion. As you will see, the reference to Frankenstein was not an accident.
So, in all effect, this is basically an article of the "speculative review" series. Unlike most of those, however, this one is not based on any market need, or any educated guess on my behalf regarding cameras or lenses missing from Nikon's lineup. I was simply asked to come up with my perfect Nikon camera, and that's what I did.

We've come a long way from the D100. What would a future Nikon look like?

To keep it within a realistic framework, I will not be too bizarre in my demands. After all, the purpose of this article is not to think of a magic camera, but of a potential camera. More importantly, the purpose of today's article is to force us to think which aspects of technology are truly relevant for photography.

With these in mind, let's begin!

Monday, September 19, 2016

Comparing 3 Budget-Friendly Macro Lenses for Nikon DX


My comparative reviews are quite popular - see ultra-wide angle lenses for DX, 3 super zooms, and 5 budget normal primes. This is to be expected, as people often need an overview of the plus and minuses of the lenses they have their eyes on. For some people, buying the latest and greatest is possible; for most of us, it isn't.

Macro shots involve discipline. The right macro lens can be crucial

Today I've tried to compose a list of the three most attractive but budget-friendly macro lenses for your Nikon DX camera. The requirements I set are those: a) fully compatible with entry-level models. In other words, it must have an autofocus motor. b) maximum price $600 (new)
    Here are the lenses I picked:

    Monday, September 12, 2016

    5 Tips for Nude Photography

    Although I am a portrait photographer (in other words: I photograph people), nude photography is something I have not been too interested in. There is a very specific reason for it: more than any other kind of people photography, nude photography requires a deep connection between photographer and photographed, if anything good is expected to come out of it.

    To remove your clothes and be "at the mercy" of the photographing lens requires trust - always in the context of artistic nude photography; if you just want to take snapshots of someone without their clothes on, we're entering a wholly other discussion, outside the scope of the present article and AmateurNikon.

    Nude Photography is all about affect

    But if your aim is to make some truly meaningful nude photographs, displaying the timeless beauty of the human form, nothing can substitute that trust. And this, as I said, is the reason why I have not been interested in nude photography. I could not do that with a stranger (i.e. a model), because I would not care enough for him/her to translate it into a photo.

    Still, as an experienced people photographer, I know exactly how it works. Today, I'll give you five concrete tips on how to take better nude photos. Let's get right to the point!

    Note: due to the personal nature of nude photography, I cannot publish any such photos I have taken myself. Hence, as an exception, the example photos of this article are from the public domain.